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Nigeria Unveils Fresh Initiative to Combat Marine Litter

Time:2018-05-31 20:11 Author:Suny Group

NIMASA reiterated its commitment to partner with local, state and federal governments, industry players, NGOs and the UN in keeping the waste out of Nigeria’s territorial waters.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has launched a new initiative to help the country tackle the rising marine litter problem. The ‘Marine Litter Marshals’ program will appoint marshals to assist the agency in implementing programs to get rid of litter from oceans. In the first phase of the program, a total of 120 marshals were selected. The Agency aims to strengthen its campaign against marine litter by ensuring collective partnership of Nigerian citizens.

According to NIMASA, effective solutions and definite actions are required to promote litter prevention, recycling and other waste management infrastructure. It called for increased support to its efforts in preserving the seas and waters and it provides tremendous development opportunities to the country’s economy and promises employment in large numbers. The new initiative aims to launch a fresh campaign against marine litter, in an effort to protect biodiversity and keep the oceans rich and clean.

NIMASA reiterated its commitment to partner with local, state and federal governments, industry players, NGOs and the UN in keeping the waste out of Nigeria’s territorial waters. Meantime, it also pointed out that the menace of ocean pollution and marine litter is not limited to one country. A collective effort by nations and agencies across the world is required to address the issue, it noted.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) studies indicate that nearly 80% of the marine litter originates on land. The plastic litter in the ocean is mainly the result of poor or insufficient waste management and lack of sufficient recycling and recovery. In addition to visible plastic waste, marine litter also consists of variety of materials including glass, metal etc, that sink in water.

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